World Sports

Issue date: April 17, 2017

SBP says SEABA tourney a must-win, expresses readiness to host May event

THE country will once again be at the forefront of regional sports when it hosts the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship on May 12-18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Partnership sealed: Officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Holiday Inn formally signed their partnership for the 2017 SEABA Championship to be held in the country next month. Photo shows from left James Pangilinan, Crowne meetings director; Janice Tiambeng, director of Sales & Marketing Holiday Inn Manila Galleria; Al S. Panlilio, SBP president; Gaurav Rai, general manager, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria; Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios, SBP executive director; and Vincent “Chot” Reyes, TV 5 president and Gilas head coach. -- ALVIN S. GO

The SEABA will serve as the qualifier for the FIBA Asia Cup set for Aug. 10-20 in Lebanon, with the top 14 teams vying for spots in the 2019 World Cup in China via the new FIBA home-and-away format in November.

No less than Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Al S. Panlilio underscored the importance of the SEABA during a media conference held last week at the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria in Pasig City.

“It’s a long journey for us,” said Panlilio. “We have to win it (SEABA), no ifs and buts for Gilas Pilipinas.”

National coach Chot Reyes echoed the sentiment, picking Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia as the teams to look out for in SEABA.

“There is no room for error here in this tournament,” said Reyes, who bared other teams are probably bringing with them naturalized players.

A total of 24 players from the PBA are part of the national team pool, including June Mar Fajardo of the San Miguel Beermen, Jayson Castro of the TNT KaTropa, Terrence Romeo of the GlobalPort Batang Pier and rookies Matthew Wright of the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters and Ed Daquioag of the Meralco Bolts.

Meanwhile, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said that the federation is prepared to stage the event.

“We’ll be ready for the SEABA,” said Mr. Barrios.

The ticket prices are P950.00 for Patron A, P900.00 for Patron B, P880.00 for Patron C, P550.00 for BOX VIP, P450.00 for BOX Regular, P200.00 for Upper Box, and P100.00 for General Admission.

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